Art in bloom at the Old Mill this weekend

Martha's Vineyard Garden Club exhibit celebrates the beauty of the Island.

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"Poucha Pond" and other work will be on display as part of the "Blooming Art" show this weekend. — Photo by Alison Shaw

This weekend the Old Mill in West Tisbury will be transformed into a vibrant, colorful gallery when the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club takes over with their “Blooming Art 2015” show. The biennial event will exhibit the works of 34 Vineyard artists paired with interpretive floral arrangements that have been created by club members. The event will also feature hors d’oeuvres by Jan Buhrman of the Kitchen Porch, and libations will be provided by Our Market and Jim’s Package Store.

“Blooming Art” pays tribute to Vineyard art and celebrates the creativity and beauty of the Island. The event is modeled after the Museum of Fine Art’s “Art in Bloom” exhibit, an annual celebration of floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s masterpieces. All of the art on display will be for sale, and the proceeds will benefit scholarships and preservation of the Old Mill.

Participating artists include Leslie Baker, Sandy Bernat, Benjamin Cabot, Margot Datz, Traeger di Pietro, Angela Egerton, Valentine Estabrook, Sheila M. Fane, Joann Frechette, Mary French, Sarah French, Roberta Gross, Genevieve Jacobs, Jay Lagemann, Washington Ledesma, Kanta Lipsky, Ilka List, Thaw Malin, Marjorie Mason, Joyce Maxner, Ellen McCluskey, Marianne Neill, Helen Schwiesow Parker, Dorothy Petell, Debby Rosenthal, Judy Schubert, Alison Shaw, Donna Straw, Fern Vaughan, Wendy Weldon, Allen Whiting, Sunny Wilson, Jules Worthington, and Peggy Zablotny.

The exhibit will kick off with a gala event on Friday, June 26, from 5 to 8 pm. Tickets to the event are $50 each, and benefit the club’s annual Horticulture Scholarship for a graduating senior as well as the Old Mill’s preservation. The exhibit will continue on Saturday, June 27, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday, June 28, from noon until 3 pm, with a $5 admission fee. To purchase tickets, call 508-696-1011.

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club, the first conservation organization on the Vineyard, was established in 1924. Today it is an Island-wide community organization of almost 200 members, including seasonal residents, who share a passion for gardening, conservation, and maintaining our unique environment. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact DiAnn Ray at mvyardlady@yahoo.com or Tracie Clark at tracie_clark@yahoo.com or 978-798-0123.